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House Oversight Committee adds Texas and Kansas into voter suppression probe

March 29, 2019

The Democratic-controlled House Oversight and Reform Committee said Thursday it requested documents from Texas and Kansas election officials, expanding its investigation into voter suppression allegations.

Chairman Elijah Cummings and Rep. Jamie Raskin, both Maryland Democrats, said in a statement they are investigating Texas’ decision to attempt to purge 95,000 voters as potential non-U.S. citizens.

“We are disturbed by reports that your office has taken steps to remove thousands of eligible American voters from the rolls in Texas and that you have referred many of these Americans for possible criminal prosecution for exercising their right to vote,” the lawmakers wrote to Texas acting Secretary of State David Whitley.

In a separate letter to Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab, the House Democrats questioned moving the sole polling site in a mostly Latino district outside the city limits and a mile from the nearest bus stop, adding it “may have impacted the ability of Dodge City residents to vote in the 2018 election.”

These new investigations come weeks after Mr. Cummings opened an investigation into Georgia’s 2018 election, adding reports said “Georgians faced unprecedented challenges with registering to vote and significant barriers to casting their votes.”

The committee chairman also questioned why current Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp did not remove himself from his duties as secretary of state to prevent a conflict of interest during his gubernatorial race.